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MEP for pioneering robotics and AI research centre at University of York nearing completion

Work to deliver a wide range of mechanical, electrical and public health (MEP) services for a class leading robotics and AI research centre are nearing completion.

G&H Building Services was appointed to the University of York project by the main contractor Tilbury Douglas.

The scheme is part of the university’s £45 million investment by the York Global Initiative for Safe Autonomy.

MEP is being installed in the construction of rooftop laboratories and testing facilities to analyse the safety of AI in technologies such as driverless cars and hospital robots.

G&H Building Services is providing power, lighting, data, single mode and multi-mode fibre networks, building management system controls, fire and disabled refuge alarms, induction loop, lightning protection and security.

Door entry systems include robot access and a full egress system.

Electric vehicle chargers, incoming district heating, water and fire hydrant, HVAC, underfloor heating, above ground drainage, sanitaryware and chilled water are also being installed along with nitrogen, vacuum and compressed air.

G&H Contracts Department Manager, Paul Churchill, said: “Work has progressed very well on-site and we are nearing completion of a highly technical scheme.

“Our MEP services mirror the centre’s approach to technology, providing the best possible facilities so they can deliver potentially life-changing robotics and AI innovations.

“We are taking a technology-led approach with Revit 3D modelling software being used in conjunction with the Dalux cloud-based augmented reality app.

“This allows on-site engineers and project managers view our design team’s drawings via mobile, tablet or laptop in real time.”


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